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As has been reported, Elliot Rodger killed six students, injured 13 others, and then killed himself at the University of Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California.  And how quickly the killings moved off the front pages.

Rodger was diagnosed as being a highly functional Asperger Syndrome child -- a form of autism, which is considered a developmental disorder, not a mental illness.  Asparger's syndrome is not associated with violence.  However, Rodger's manifesto, "My Twisted World" and videos he posted online show a very troubled person.

California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Yet this did not prevent Rodger from purchasing two Sig Sauer P228 semiautomatic pistols and a Glock 34 pistol legally in California, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.

Many thought the killing of 20 children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School would be a tipping point, providing the impetus for reasonable gun control legislation to be finally passed at the federal level.  But unfortunately too many legislators are overly responsive to the National Rifle Association lobby, in tandem with gunmakers and importers, military sympathizers, and far-right organizations.  As predicted, meaningful gun control measures failed to pass in Congress after Sandy Hook.  

Richard Martinez whose son Chris Martinez was one of the victims at Isla Vista, was quoted as saying, "Where is the friggin' politicians that will stand up and say, 'We need to do this. We're gonna do something,'" he told CNN. "Those gutless bastards did nothing. And my son died because of it. And it's outrageous. Absolutely outrageous."  Mr. Martinez only said what many of us feel.

Since the Sandy Hook killings on December 14, 2012, there have been at least 74 shootings and counting.  Because of our long-held affection for firearms, with many citizens embracing and celebrating the association of guns and America's heritage, coupled with our many unresponsive politicians, we can expect mass killings to continue.

Now that the sound and fury over the Isla Vista mass killings have died down, the cycle of killings, hand wringing, and mourning will  probably continue ad infinitum.

Originally posted to stonehenge on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Apparenty this is working as intended for our (2+ / 0-)
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    politicians and the gun industry.

    "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

    by mungley on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:00:00 AM PDT

  •  Do we ban guns from those with Aspergers? (3+ / 0-)
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    California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Yet this did not prevent Rodger from purchasing two Sig Sauer P228 semiautomatic pistols and a Glock 34 pistol legally i
    I'll ask the question.  Which gun law should have prevented Rodger from buying a handgun, and for what reason?  That he was mentally ill with Aspergers?

    I asked the same question after Sandy Hook.  Should parents of kids with Aspergers lose their right to own a gun.  Not surprisingly, no one wants to answer that question.

    But if we're going to discuss policy and law, it has to be answered.  So what is the exact language of the gun law that would have prevented a man with Aspergers but no criminal record from buying a gun?

    •  Well, since Asperger's in no longer recognized (2+ / 0-)
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      as it's own condition you'd first have to talk about the broader spectrum of autism.

      But come on, you're just itching for the "ban all guns for everybody" debate. Why don't you just say it instead of hiding behind your "concern" for parent's of autistic children and their god given right to own firearms.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:17:07 AM PDT

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      •  Legitimate policy questions that must be answered (3+ / 0-)
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        Many thought the killing of 20 children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School would be a tipping point, providing the impetus for reasonable gun control legislation to be finally passed at the federal level.
        If you're not talking about banning guns for everybody, but only some people, then there must be a way to differentiate those some people from everyone else.  Or we're not talking about actual law, just feel good nonsense.

        So what is the exact "reasonable gun control legislation" that would prevent an adult without a criminal record, and no diagnosed mental illness from buying a gun.

        If the Left wants gun control to be supported and pass, it has to put it out there on paper.

  •  Murder rate in 2012 lower than it was in 1960 (1+ / 0-)
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    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:29:09 AM PDT

    •  The murder rate is lower than 1960 due to (0+ / 0-)

      the removal of lead from gasoline.

      We are not powerless!! "Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet."– Alice Walker

      by nocynicism on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:28:25 AM PDT

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      •  Canada uses the same gas we do (1+ / 0-)
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        Europe and Japan were still using leaded gas after the US had stopped.

        So the murder rate in Europe and Japan should be higher than ours?

        99% of my state lives at the bottom of a mountain that had lots of runoff with mercury, lead and lots of other toxic substances from 19th century mining.  We have the same murder rate as Canada.

        "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

        by Utahrd on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 09:32:22 AM PDT

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